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WR Leonard Hankerson - Atlanta Falcons

6-1, 209Born: 5-7-1988College: Miami (FL)Drafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 28): Hankerson appears to be the #2 option in the Falcons pass offense, or #3 if you count Devonta Freeman. He won't have huge games, but he could be reasonably consistent with Julio Jones gravitational pull on pass defenses.

Week 4: vs Houston Texans

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Matt Ryan (77/116 for 946 yards passing with five TDs and two interceptions thrown to date) and Julio Jones (46 targets for 34/440/4 receiving) are an electric tandem entering Week Four - they've shredded their opponents regularly during September. Atlanta has clearly transitioned to Leonard Hankerson as their #2 wide receiver (21 for 11/138/1 so far) - Roddy White hasn't been targeted extensively and has not caught a ball over the last two games played, with nine targets for 4/84/0 receiving. Devonta Freeman has been effective as a receiver out of the backfield (17 targets for 12/115/0) and with Jacob Tamme suffering from a concussion incurred during Week Three, Freeman may see another heavy dose of targets this week (five targets for 5/52/0 receiving at Dallas last week for Freeman). The Falcons' passing attack is going strong entering Week Four. The Texans' pass D enters Week Four ranked 12th in the NFL averaging 224.0 net yards allowed per game, with six passing scores given out vs. two interceptions and four sacks generated to date (tied for 17th and 21st in the NFL, respectively). Jameis Winston wasn't sacked at all last week, and threw 17/36 for 261 yards passing, one TD and one interception at Houston - as September rolls along, the Texans are getting more generous in this phase of the game. Advantage, Atlanta.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs PHI 52 0 0 0 4 2 16 0 0 1.6
2 at NYG 48 0 0 0 11 6 77 1 0 13.7
3 at DAL 48 0 0 0 6 3 45 0 0 4.5
4 vs HOU 0 0 0 0 8 6 103 1 0 16.3
4 vs HOU PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
4 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
4 vs HOU PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 3 vs DAL (6 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)

The most notable points about Hankerson's performance is that he was at his best when wide open, but dropped the ball in tight coverage. He had two drops when covered tightly in this game, including a slant inside the 10 during Atlanta's second drive and a mid-second quarter target on 3rd and 4. With Roddy White no longer capable of winning on hard-breaking routes due to his aging ankles, Hankerson should earn more targets in this offense, but his ability to make good on them in contested situations is still a question mark.

2015 Week 2 vs NYG (11 / 6 / 77 / 1 rec)

Leonard Hankerson quietly had a very impressive performance against the Giants on Sunday afternoon and made some crucial plays for his team. Hankerson was very effective at the line of scrimmage and was able to get open against man coverage for most of the day. Hankerson caught slants and out patterns for first downs and was a highly efficient chain mover for Matt Ryan. Hankerson got his hands on a slant pattern over the middle in the redzone in the first half but was very unlucky not to score as he was tackled 1 yard shy of the endzone. Hankerson did make up for this however as he hauled in a high pass on a post route from Ryan. Hankerson was double covered on the play but the pass to the tall receiver was perfectly placed by his quarterback. Hankerson was able to get open often against New York and his size talent allowed him to get a lot of yards after the catch. He could have easily had 2 touchdowns and can take a defense by surprise if they are too focused on teammate Julio Jones. He is a #3 receiver at best for fantasy owners but played like a high end number 2 in this game.

2015 Week 1 vs PHI (4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

The receiver's greatest impact this week came from penalties he committed on quick routes to the flat intended for Julio Jones. Some of the credit for these penalties can be attributed to Chip Kelly lobbying the officials pre-game on the tendency of Atlanta committing to these blocks too early, but it doesn't make Hankerson a victim. The receiver accounted for at least two of the penalties--a pass interference call and a holding call. He caught a three-yard pivot route for a first down late in the half and it was an excellent break against tight coverage. The other reception was a deeper pivot for 13 yards in the fourth quarter. If Roddy White gets hurt, Hankerson performed well enough to consider him for White's production.


Latest News

Falcons | Leonard Hankerson has big game (Sun Oct 4, 07:37 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson had six catches for a team-high 103 yards and a touchdown in a 48-21 win over the Houston Texans in Week 4.

Our View: Hankerson is clearly the #2 wide receiver no matter what the starting lineup is in Atlanta. He is making plays and getting more comfortable every week. Hankerson is worth owning in typical leagues with Julio Jones being the preoccupation of opposing defenses.
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Falcons | Leonard Hankerson has three grabs (Mon Sep 28, 01:10 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson hauled in three receptions for 45 yards in the Week 3 game against the Dallas Cowboys. He was targeted six times.

Our View: Roddy White is disappearing. Hankerson is the player to emerge, and fantasy owners need to respond.
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Falcons | Leonard Hankerson moving up depth chart (Sun Sep 27, 11:02 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson has started to cut into WR Roddy White's playing time, and the team considers both players their No. 2 receiver.

Our View: Hankerson is the better play among the two until further notice.
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